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Texas Runoff Election Gaining National Attention

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:13 PM CDT

As this runoff Election Day draws to a close, one race being watched closely, and not only here in Texas, is the seat in the U.S. Senate up for grabs.

In the beginning, political experts said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst would coast to victory. But now many say the battle against former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz is too close to call. Many are calling this a Tea Party test.

A lot of money and influence from conservative groups have poured into Texas for both candidates. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is endorsed by Gov. Rick Perry and much of the state's republican establishment, which is not used to losing. Cruz is endorsed by Sarah Palin, and many say his signature fiery speaking style has motivated several grassroots groups.

This close race may be getting more people to the polls. Election workers say they've had a steady stream of voters all day. And in the early voting, which ended Friday, about 3.3 percent of registered republicans cast ballots, a stronger turnout than expected, especially during a race right in the middle of summer.

Democrats are choosing between former State Representative Paul Sadler and retired educator Grady Yarbrough.

Texas has not elected a democrat to statewide office since 1994.

By Katherine Stolp.Texas Runoff Election Gaining National Attention

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